Working Groups

Promoting Manufacturing

Focus: To elevate public understanding of the current capabilities and importance of advanced manufacturing in Massachusetts. The group aims to support the attraction of talent and help position the Commonwealth as a hub for advanced manufacturing companies, including expanding opportunities for in-state marketing of the state’s supply chain capabilities.

Led by: Al Cotton, Dir., Corporate Communications, Nypro; Michael Tamasi, CEO, AccuRounds

Initiatives: Develop and deploy a cohesive marketing campaign that targets educators, guidance counselors, parents, dislocated workers, and industry representatives in an effort to promote awareness, build the talent pipeline, and positively change perceptions of manufacturing in Massachusetts.

Workforce and Education

Focus: To help align the Commonwealth’s educational system to the entry- and mid‐level skill needs of Massachusetts’ manufacturing companies and expand its adoption of national skill standards. It also supports increased collaboration among regional and state assets, from vocational schools and community colleges through universities and private training centers.

Led by: Joanna Dowling, President at The Custom Group Center For Manufacturing Technology; Joseph Peters, CEO, Universal Plastics Corp.

Initiatives: Support the formation and expansion of regional networks (among vocational schools, community colleges, universities and employers) that provide best-practices-based pipeline and incumbent worker training.

Technical Assistance and Innovation

Focus: To improve access for SMEs to technical assistance, integrated resources, and available services that support manufacturing growth via expanded compliance and certification, export assistance, and innovation.

Led by: Luis Izquierdo, VP, Corporate Operations, Engineering, Technology & Mission Assurance, Raytheon; Randolph Sablich, President & CEO, Metrigraphics, LLC

Initiatives: Development of an implementation framework for a Modeling and Simulation center to accelerate innovation and efficiencies at small and medium-sized manufacturers.

Access to Capital

Focus: To ensure that manufacturers, particularly SMEs, have the access to financing or investment necessary to support the growth of their firms and make critical investments in new capital equipment, technology, infrastructure and working capital essential for their success.

Led by: Ted Acworth, Founder & CEO, ARTAIC; Linda Moulton, CEO, Tru Corporation

Initiatives: To improve access to information and matching of capital needs to appropriate capital sources via workshops and an online guide. Also, to provide information to lenders to support better understanding of manufacturing industry dynamics.

Cost of Doing Business

Focus: To address key challenges that help to ease the cost of doing business in Massachusetts, with an emphasis on the high-priority needs stated by SMEs and other manufacturers.

Led by: Veda Clark, COO, Cambridge Sound Management

Initiatives: Statewide regulatory reform to ease the impact of regulations on small businesses and expanding access to energy efficiency audit and finance programs for manufacturers.